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National Geographic on Assignment USA 
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336 pages 
National Geographic 
Published 1997 
From School Library Journal 
YAAIn this beautiful book, National Geographic steps away from its traditional role of satiating the vagabond needs of armchair world explorers. On Assignment focuses its cameras only on the United States, and provides a new adventure with every turn of the page. From Alaska to Florida, the stunning photographs provide a portrait in time of a USA undergoing tremendous change. The publisher uses the talents of its incredible staff to celebrate the broad diversity that makes America so great. From Hurricane Andrew to weekly baseball games, this masterpiece of photojournalism chronicles the sorrows and joys of living in this country. Opening its pages will allow readers to explore the Okefenokee Swamp, dance with "Comanche John," climb Mount Hayes, or take hundreds of other adventures. The accompanying essays will provide young adults not only with a source of entertainment, but also a very rich educational experience.AJohn Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA 
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.  
This compelling portrait of America features powerful, one-of-a-kind photographs (many never before published) and first-person accounts culled from the best of National Geographic magazine. Chapters entitled "Land, " "People, " "Journeys, " "Disasters, " "Places, " "Progress, " "Cities, " and "Heroes" explore our changing and growing nation. 200 color photos. Media tour.  
Book Description 
The words "National Geographic" are likely to conjure up scenes of faraway lands and exotic customs, but as generations of readers can testify with delight, the magazine has always paid generous attention to the fascinating people and places found closer to home. For over a century National Geographic writers and photographers have made America their beat, and this glorious volume collects the very best of their stories and images. On Assignment USA is a vivid, extraordinarily engrossing celebration of a changing nation -- its states and cities, its history and heroes, its natural disasters, scientific triumphs, and above all, the people who give the United States its unique spirit.  
But it's much more as well: It's also the "story behind the story," an inside look at the precepts and ideas that have shaped National Geographic's coverage of the U.S. and an up-close portrait of the photographers and writers who have made the magazine a colorful, revealing mirror of America.  
From the Texas border to Alaska's coast, from Hollywood to Manhattan, this wonderful book crisscrosses America to create a spectacular panorama. Captured in stunning photos and sparkling prose, here are glittering cities and lonely prairies, majestic rivers and magnificent mountains, along with every kind of human endeavor and accomplishment. Here are firsthand descriptions of the deadly eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 and of the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. You'll fly with America's sweetheart. Amelia Earhart, alone across the Pacific in the 1930s -- and witness man's landing on the moon three decades later. You'll go to powwows with Native Americans, travel the nation with migrant beekeepers. You'll explore every aspect of the American experience.  
This is at once an illustrated omnibus of one hundred years of life in the United States and an inside look at the classic journal that has chronicled the American century with such an observant and wide-ranging eye. Come with National Geographic -- On Assignment USA.
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